Hey blog world! It’s hard to believe that summer is almost over! Counting today there are just three days left! Holy firetruck! No question, this has been the best summer I’ve ever had! So many awesome things happened!
As I always do, I spent my summer working at Spirit of Newfoundland! Doing so is always the highlight of my summer! I love my job and the people I work with! Every Tuesday and Thursday morning I woke up happy and excited and I couldn’t wait for 12:30 (my shift start time) to come! Every work day was a new adventure! I met so many cool people (Petrina Bromely, Zach Werner, Nathan Stanley, Julia Dunne) and did lots of things. I polished the silverware, set the tables, folded napkins, transcribed scripts, I even got to go on a “field trip” to the Holy Heart to put 20th anniversary gala info cards inside the programs for “Mamma Mia!” Tomorrow is my last day and I’m sad about that. I’ll really miss everybody while I’m at school.
I also did a lot of babysitting. The two young boys I looked after were a handful at times, but I always had lots of fun with them! They are into a lot of the same things as I am which is awesome! When I’d come over to hang out with them we’d play board games, build LEGO sets and bake! Three of my favorite things to do!
Every Wednesday morning I went to the jam session at the SUF Hall in Topsail. I’m really going to miss that when I return to school too. It was so nice to get to spend one morning a week singing and dancing! What I really like about the jam is that anything goes, so many different styles of music are performed! There’s country, classic rock, Irish/Newfoundland, folk, even hula! We have some amazing musicians and singers at the jam and hearing them never ceases to amaze me! For example, my friend Jim Greenland is an uncanny soundalike for Marty Robbins! Close your eyes and you’d swear Marty was singing! It’s unbelievable!
I saw so many spectacular concerts and musicals this summer! Out of everything that I saw my favorites were Theatre St. Johns’s production of “Mamma Mia” (it was even better than Broadway!) and An Evening With Andrew Lloyd Webber, Spirit of Newfoundland’s “The Young And The Rest Of Us: 20 Years of Spirit In Revue” and Big Spirit Reunion Gala, and Erin Winsor’s “Quarter Life Crisis”.
I was lucky enough to get to attend all three nights of the Spirit of Newfoundland gala! I’m an artist in my spare time and I sell my paintings to raise money for the Masonic Temple Restoration Fund. I was allowed to set up a table during all three nights of Spirit’s gala to sell my paintings to people coming to see the show! I had lots of fun, got to talk to lots of people and made a lot of money for the Masonic. I know people affiliated with Spirit will be reading this post, so I will not reveal just how much I made this year. Tomorrow I’ll be presenting Spirit of Newfoundland with the check and I can’t wait!!
A few weeks ago, I reconnected with some old friends. I was sitting in the Avalon Mall food court eating my lunch just like I always do before work. I had just finished my flatbread sandwich when all of a sudden, I saw my friend Luke come into the mall, followed by my friends Matthew, Daniel, Emily, Katie, Eric and many, many more! There was literally an onslaught of Special Olympians swarming into the mall! I couldn’t believe it! My heart overflowed with happiness as each person came in through the door! I don’t get to see any of them anymore because I took a hiatus from Special Olympics to focus on school so getting to see them all in the mall that day made my day! I went around to each of them to give them a hug say hello and how much I missed them and catch up on what’s been going on in their lives since I’d seen them last. Thank you so much to the organizers of Vera Perlin summer camp for planning an outing to the movies that day!!!
I also got to spend time with friends from out of the province. When I was really young (I think about maybe 5 years old or so) I used to have play dates all the time with a boy named Nathaniel. He’s the son of one of my mom’s former co-workers. I say former because his family moved to Nova Scotia. Earlier this month they came back home for a wedding! I was so excited when mom told me that they were coming! I couldn’t wait to see them again! When mom and I got to their house, I recognized Nathaniel’s parents Tracy and Al (they haven’t changed much since I saw them last) but Nathaniel and his sister Hannah looked so different! I couldn’t believe my eyes when Nathaniel came down the stairs! He’s so much taller and tanned and his voice has gotten deeper! Hannah was only a little baby when I saw her last. She has grown into a beautiful young woman. I had a lot of fun with them that day! Hannah, Tracy, mom and I had a girls day. We went to Signal Hill, my Great Uncle Herbie’s shop in Petty Harbour, the Petty Harbour Museum, Chafe’s Landing for lunch and then the Village Mall! Then we came back to my house for a BBQ.
During the first week of August, my mom, dad, niece and I took our brand new trailer up to Butterpot Park for a week. The weather wasn’t that great, but we made the best of it! We played lots of board and card games in the trailer! On days when it was nice out we went walking around the campsites and played badminton! I loved getting to spend a whole week together with my family. We all have such busy schedules it’s hard to find family time these days.
I got to try some new restaurants! I ate out every Tuesday and Thursday before work. A few times this summer I took that opportunity to try something new. I’ve eaten a few times at the new Much Burrito in the Avalon Mall and I tried Pannizza on Kenmount Road last week. They both have delicious food! I highly recommend eating at both places!
I tried out for “Rent”! I am a die hard Renthead (A Renthead is a superfan of the musical “Rent”!) I have “Rent” posters in my bedroom, I memorized the entire show and have watched the movie and final Broadway performance DVD so many times that I lost count! When I saw on Facebook that “Rent” was going to be TaDa Events’ next production I was so excited that I almost hit the ceiling! I knew this was something I had to try out for! I began rehearsing literally two seconds after seeing the Facebook post! I sang “Out Tonight” every day, multiple times a day! When the big day came, I was excited but also very nervous. We were called in 6 at a time and as I listened to all the others in the room with me I was blown away by how talented they all were! When it was my turn, I was nervous, but I tried not to let it show too much. Once I got going, I had fun! I had a little slip up with the words but I managed to recover quickly and keep going. At the end of it, I felt I did a pretty good job. I hoped I’d be able to get a part in the show. I got an email back a week later saying I didn’t. I was a little disappointed, but I’m not at all ready to give up! I’m going to keep practicing my singing and acting and going to more and more auditions! “Rent” is going to be performed at the Arts and Culture Center March 15th-17th 2018. I’ll be in the audience for sure! Hope to see you there!
Even though summer is over and I’m sad to see it go, there are lots of things I’m looking forward to in the fall. I’ll be starting my second year in the Early Childhood Education program at CONA! I’m excited to see all my friends again, learn lots of new things and do another field placement term (my favorite part of the course!) Also, in a few weeks shallow water fitness will be starting up again at the CBS recreation complex! Mom and I go together twice a week. I love it! It’s lots of fun and great exercise. I’m most looking forward to getting back to my voice/piano lessons with Peter Halley! I can’t wait to learn new songs and how to transpose music! I also can’t wait to give Frenchy (Peter’s golden doodle) lots of cuddles!! I hope you all had a fantastic summer too and that the coming months bring lots of good things your way! What was the highlight of your summer? Tell me in the comments!